Lufthansa flies in world’s largest commercial passenger jet A380 to Delhi
Launch of A380 services effective Oct 27, 2014; Delhi becomes first city in India to welcome Lufthansa’s flagship aircraft
Marking yet another milestone in the history of Indian aviation, Lufthansa announced the launch of services by its flagship aircraft, the A380 between Delhi and Frankfurt. Delhi becomes the first city in India to welcome Lufthansa’s flagship carrier and the world’s largest commercial passenger jet. The launch of A380 services will be effective October 27, 2014 on the Delhi- Frankfurt route.
Mr. Wolfgang Will, Director South Asia, Lufthansa, said, “We are very pleased to announce the introduction of our flagship aircraft A380 to Delhi. The A380 is the world’s largest commercial passenger jet and offers the finest in terms of flying comfort, luxury and efficiency. With the new A380, Lufthansa customers will be able to experience Lufthansa’s latest in-flight products and services including the state-of-the art First Class. Lufthansa already operates A330, A340 and B747 on its routes from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Bangalore to Europe and the launch of A380 underlines our commitment to provide Indian customers with the best Lufthansa experience worldwide.”
The A380 is the largest and heaviest passenger aircraft in the world. It is 73 meters long, 24 meters high, and has a takeoff weight of up to 560 tons. The Lufthansa A380 seats 520 passengers and its four Rolls-Royce engines each generate 70000lbs of thrust. Ecologically speaking, too, the A380 raises the bar. The megaliner is quieter than other planes, uses less fuel and can even “think” for itself and automatically apply the brakes after landing on the runway.
The new A380 is all about a completely new dimension in flying and experiencing the best in travel proficiency. Passengers on the new A380 will be able to experience maximum in-flight comfort with its state of the art technology. They will also have access to Lufthansa’s latest in-flight products such as the 5 star ranked First Class, the sophisticated new business class with seats that turn into full flat-beds and a comfort enhanced Economy Class with 5-7 cms more legroom and 52 centimetre wide seats. The new Lufthansa flagship is configured with 520 seats (8 in First Class, 92 in Business Class and 420 in Economy Class), offering passengers unprecedented levels of comfort.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG is an Aviation Group comprising nearly 500 subsidiaries and affiliates. The Lufthansa Group is dedicated to quality and innovation, safety and reliability. Headquartered in Germany, the Group operates in five business segments – passenger transportation (Passenger Airline Group), logistics, MRO, catering and IT-services. Passenger transportation is the Group’s core business: The airlines engaged in the passenger transportation business are Lufthansa German Airlines (including Lufthansa Regional), Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Germanwings as well as stake holdings in Brussels Airlines, JetBlue und SunExpress. In the 2013 business year, the airlines in the Lufthansa Group welcomed more than 104 million passengers on board their flights, making it Europe’s leading airline grouping. Operating through the Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Brussels hubs, Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines jointly serve 274 destinations in 106 countries on four continents. The Group fleet currently consists of 622 aircraft – on order are another 261 new aircraft, valued at a total of about 36 billion euros at list price and scheduled for delivery until 2025. With its ongoing expenditure in fleet renewal, the Group is consistently making the fleet more cost-efficient and its operations more environment-friendly. Mid of March 2014, the Lufthansa Group employed around 118,000 people. In the 2013 business year, it generated revenues totalling 30 billion euros. The Group is managed by an Executive Board of five members: Carsten Spohr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa German Airlines, Simone Menne, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Officer Finance and Aviation Services, Bettina Volkens, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs and Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Officer Group Airlines and Logistics. More details are available at www.lufthansagroup.com.